Celebrating Volunteers’ Week: Read Scott’s story.

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Scott Chapman is a young person aged 23. He first came to YMCA four years ago as a resident at YMCA Hayes and soon began to access the football and boxing sessions. He was keen to grasp the opportunities that came his way, and was offered a place on the Get on Track programme which led to employment and…

He is Risen! A message for Easter Sunday from our lead chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

On Good Friday I began my message with: “Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ ” So many of the people, young and old, who come through the doors of our centres (whether gyms,…

Understanding God in the Darkness: a message from our Lead Chaplain Nicki

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YMCA Lead Chaplain Nicki Sudworth

Here at YMCA we hold tightly to our Christian foundation and build on these values to ‘transform communities so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.’ So why does understanding God in the darkness matter? Throughout the bible, beginning in Genesis chapter 1 where “the earth was without form and void, and darkness…

“I love my choir and I tell everybody about it!”

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Members of the Surbiton branch of YMCA Choir UK rehearse on a Wednesday evening. All are welcome

YMCA Choir UK began life as a small community choir six years ago. It has grown in success and by June 2019 there will be seven community choirs across YMCA St Paul’s Group in Surbiton, Wimbledon, South Ealing, Walthamstow, Roxeth Gate, Hayes and north Kingston, with ambitions to see community choirs set up with YMCAs…

“The Duke echoed a lot of our views and values at YMCA”

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Mental Health Champions have a conversation with the Duke of Sussex

We were proud to host the YMCA Mental Health Champions conversation with the Duke of Sussex this month at YMCA South Ealing, chaired by YMCA St Paul’s Group trustee, Gerald Chifamba. The YMCA Mental Health Champions programme aims to improve the mental health of young people aged 11-21 and offers three key services: a peer…

Duke of Sussex joins in with a children’s ballet session

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When the Duke of Sussex visited YMCA South Ealing on Wednesday 3 April, he dropped into the children’s ballet session to meet young dancers and their families. There were 11 children, aged 5 to 7 in the class who performed two routines for him, led by ballet teacher Jade Groves. It was a very special…

Speaking about mental health with the Duke of Sussex

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Gerald Chifamba is one of our Trustees at YMCA St Paul’s Group. He welcomed the Duke of Sussex to a meeting at YMCA South Ealing on Wednesday 3 April, and chaired the discussion that took place with five Mental Health Champions. “The Duke of Sussex was passionate about the importance of speaking openly and frankly…

Duke of Sussex visits YMCA South Ealing to meet with residents

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The Duke of Sussex visited our YMCA South Ealing hostel for a mental health event on Wednesday 3 April. He met with two of our residents and our housing manager to talk about their experiences, along with mental health champions who have participated in YMCA England & Wales’ pilot project. The Duke also attended a…